Dental Implant FAQs
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option. To understand what an implant it helps to think of the dental implant in its three distinct parts:
- The dental implant body that is inserted into the bone of the jaw. The dental implant body is usually screw-like and is made of pure titanium, a titanium alloy or zirconia, which is all ceramic. The implant body typically is hollow in the middle, which helps retain the future crown that will be paired with it.
- The fabricated crown that will act as a replacement for the tooth. The crown can be made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, or all ceramic.
- The abutment, an intermediate piece, to connect the crown to the implant. The abutment is a customizable piece that can be made of titanium, gold alloy, or a combination of titanium and all ceramic crown.
Is a dental implant painful?
As with any surgery, you should expect some amount of discomfort immediately following the dental implant placement. This ranges from mild to moderate in most cases and many patients easily regulate their pain with over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If needed we can prescribe a stronger pain medication.
How long does it take a dental implant to heal?
After the dental implant is placed, a healing period of 2-3 months is needed to allow the bone to heal around the implant. Once healed, the dental implant is ready for placement of the final restoration.
Will I have to be without my teeth while I wait for an implant to heal?
At Obeid Dental we understand that patients do not want to have the appearance of missing teeth! We will fabricate a temporary device to replace the missing tooth before you leave the office. We prefer a fixed temporary or if possible, a removable device. In some cases we can use the implant to immediate place a temporary device and this procedure is called ‘Teeth in A Day’.
Will I have to continue to see the dentist after I have dental implants placed?
Your dental maintenance schedule should not need to be changed once you have the dental implant.
How long will implants last?
For longevity, it’s important to think of the dental implant as two separate parts. The restoration, whether a crown or even denture, can fracture. In these instances, a new restoration can be fabricated and placed on the existing dental implant body. If there is an issue with the implant body itself, such as an implant infection, implant fracture or implant rejection, the dental implant surgery process must be done again. At Obeid Dental our 15 year success rate is 95% for both dental implants and restorations.
Am I too old for dental implants?
You can be too young for dental implants, but you can never be too old!
Why choose dental implants over dentures?
The bones of your jaw need stimulation to retain their size and shape. The bone of your jaw gets this from adhering to the roots of your natural tooth. When a tooth or multiple teeth are lost, the bone tissue of the jaw begins to dissolve or reabsorb around that area. Over time this can alter the shape of the jaw and the fit of the dentures. An implant replicates the roots of your teeth and maintains facial structure.
Can you eat easily with implants?
Your final restoration will mimic your natural teeth and most patients report no issue with eating.
What happens if I delay dental implant surgery?
People lose teeth for a variety of reasons including injury and damage due to tooth decay. Once the tooth is removed from your jaw, the bone beneath it is no longer stimulated and begins to reabsorb. If too much bone has been reabsorbed, placing the dental implant will requires more material (typically a bone graft) to properly place and seat the dental implant.
How much do dental implants cost?
This will depend on the type of materials used for both the dental implant itself and the final restoration. Dr. Obeid will review the options and typical costs during your complimentary consultation.
Why are dental implants expensive?
Dental implants can seems like a pricey venture but are usually more economical in the long term because of their longevity. Other tooth replacement options such as a bridge or dentures will often need maintenance or replacement multiple times and ultimately these options lead to bone loss.
Will my insurance cover my dental implants?
We will be happy to submit to your insurance company: because we do not participate with insurances, any insurance payments will be sent directly to you.